Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has said the induction of women in the police, central police, paramilitary and armed forces has been progressive. He said, the induction of women in Military Police has commenced last year, marking a major milestone wherein women are inducted in the rank and file of the Army.
Speaking at the SCO-International Webinar on Role of Women in the Armed Forces, Mr Singh said, from next year, women shall be able to join the National Defence Academy, the country’s premier tri-service pre-commissioning training institute. He hoped their greater participation and bigger role in various tasks of Armed Forces.
The Minister said, women have proved themselves in every field competing and excelling wherever they have been involved. He said, the Indian Coast Guard has been employing women officers in combat roles which includes pilots, observers and aviation support services. In the Indian Air Force, they are inducted in all the roles including combat and support.
The Minister said, the Indian Army had started commissioning of women officers in 1992, which has now moved to inducting them in most of the Army branches. He said, women are now being accepted for permanent commission and shall be commanding Army units and battalions in the near future.